Author Archives: Anna Vaughan

What to do with web 2.0 Tools – Padlet

What to do with web 2.0 Tools – Padlet

A top Web 2.0 tool – Padlet Padlet is basically a digital noticeboard. If I had to choose my top Web 2.0 tools, Padlet would be up there. If you haven’t found it yet, just click on this link. You can start creating straight away, or sign up (it’s free) to have all your Padlets

Computing in the Classroom – Linking on and offline

The objectives in the curriculum specify that students learn coding – coding being a language that is needed to program computers.Alongside teaching coding and the terminology that goes with it, is understanding computational thinking and how this relates to coding.The first blog post under this category of Computing in the classroom focussed purely on offline activities. Offline, sometimes called unplugged,is essential

Educational research summarised: American Educator – Principles of instruction; strategies that all teachers should know

This article by Barak Rosenshine is from a US periodical; the American Educator, but has a list of 10 instructional strategies that can impact pedagogy in any classroom. Most if not all of these you may be implementing already, but I thought it was a useful document to have ten effective strategies that have come

Digital literacy tips & tricks: Literacy fundamentals part 1 – Speaking and listening

Last literacy blog post I dived straight into a specific objective – homophones which appear in year 2, years 3&4 and years 5&6 and how images can support. This week I’m starting a 3 part post on the fundamentals of literacy beginning with speaking and listening. James Britton wrote in the 1980s about reading and

Computing in the Classroom: Computational Thinking

What is computational thinking? In the National Curriculum, the description of the new computing curriculum includes the following: A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. All teachers will have used computational thinking in their classrooms, all of us use it in everyday life. The

Digital numeracy tips & tricks: Using footage of real life contexts to teach fractions and more

Videos on Discovery Education Espresso contain great real-life context. I’m going to demonstrate how to utilise this using an example from KS2 Maths. One of the videos is Fraction, decimal and percentage problem and is set on a space station. Play until just past the first minute and pause on the screen below It’s unlikely

Digital literacy tips & tricks: Using images to teach homophones

We’re looking at homophones, which is under the curriculum topic of transcription, and has its own objective. Open the homophones image bank in KS1 spelling (there are four different image banks in this module). Either display or print off the images. Tip: if you reduce your screen display size, usually top right corner of browser,